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Home & Building, Volume 12 Number 6 (June-July 1950)

Caxton Press Christchurch

page 38

Caxton Press Christchurch

Architects: Pascoe & Hall, AA.R.I.B.A., AA.N.Z.I.A.

Ground Floor Plan

Ground Floor Plan

page 39

This small commercial building was designed for a printing firm in Christchurch and is constructed with a reinforced concrete frame and cavity brick walls. The main printing factory is a one-storey portion at the rear and suites of offices occupy the two-storey portion facing the street. The front wall is recessed back from the street line and surrounded by a concrete canopy. This clean main elevation is enlivened by a play of materials and colours. The edges of the canopy frame and balcony and steel window frames are in white, and the soffites and reveals of the canopy frame and balcony etc., are in pale green. On the ground floor glass bricks light the lobby, and the entrance ingoing walls are faced with fawn marble. The walls beneath the window sills are in random Hals well rubble with bold white pointing.

Colours play a dominant part in the interior, with contrasting colours on different walls.

Photograph by V. C. Browne.

Photograph by V. C. Browne.